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Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to  protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

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Stream Clean-up at Centennial Park

 

    A small but energetic group of volunteers, Denise and Ray Aquista, Bill Morgan, Pete Peterson and Dennis Gregg spent the morning of June 6 removing trash from the tributaries that run into Crossville’s Centennial Park.  Four giant garbage bags of various materials were removed.  We also got to appreciate the many plants that are flourishing along these streams and drainageways.


Plant Tour of Centennial Park Followed

     The following week after the clean-up was a plant tour of Centennial Park.  The tour was cut short after an hour by rain, but four people who had never had the tour (or even been to Centennial Park before) learned about the plants and their function in the park.

 

Nature Camp at Cumberland Mountain State Park


    Cumberland Mountain State Park has a Junior Ranger Camp for three age groups that happens over two week in June. Dennis Gregg was invited to help out on the Water Day with two of the groups, the 5-7 year olds, and the 15-18 year olds.  With both groups, he took them to a stream and explained to them about the aquatic insects that live on the bottom around the rocks and encouraged them to look for these bugs and talked about their role in the life of the stream.  With the older group, he explained what the watershed was like upstream of the park and also showed and explained about the restoration work that OWCA had completed last fall. Everybody had fun while they were learning.


Staff Member Angela with a turtle in Centennial ParkStaff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park. 


"GreenHearts" Sought

OWCA is going to begin honoring an individual in the community each month who is making a contribution to protect and enhance our environment. To make a nomination, contact Angela Damron at 931-210-3605. 

WaterFest

 July 26

Don’t Miss It!

 

    One of the challenges of any non-profit organization is getting the word out about yourself and what you do.  While we are in our ninth year and feel like we’ve accomplished an amazing amount, most people in Cumberland County have never heard of us and even if they have seen or heard our name, don’t know what we do as an organization.  Yes, we get articles in the paper sometimes, but people are more likely to remember the focus of the article - our work at Centennial Park, for example - than the name of the group that did it.  If you live on a stream and are concerned about whether the water in that stream is clean and healthy, maybe you’ve paid a little more attention and you know who were are.  The fact is we’re all bombarded with information all the time and we can’t pay attention to everything.  We’d go nuts!

     However, our survival as an organization depends on getting our message out, getting people to become members, and turning that commitment to our mission into on-going support for the organization and its activities.

     WaterFest is OWCA’s premier event designed to draw in the public.  The central idea is simple - invite families to come to Meadow Park Lake and try out a paddle-powered boat - canoe, kayak, or sit-on-top.  We know that people who take up paddle sports as a recreational activity care about whether the water they are paddling in is clean, so getting people into a boat is the first step in that process.  But we don’t tell them all that, we just say, “Come Have Some Fun!”

 

Highlights from June START HERE!

 

Stream Assessment Project

Completes Final Report

 

    A major milestone was achieved as the Final Report was completed for this project.  The document is over 70 pages long, which does not include the photographs that were taken.  The next step is to create a Powerpoint Presentation so that an overview can be presented to the public.  We’ll be working on this the first few weeks of July.

Also, the city of Crossville will continue to process the data until it is fully integrated into their system so that they will be able to go to the map and click on a data point and all the data and the photographs taken there will come up.




June Through the Rearview

 

Rainbarrel Workshop goes well

    When it rains just about every day, the need for a rain barrel seems less urgent, but we still sold two totes and a barrel.  We sold two more to the Cumberland County Recycling Center which is going to have school children paint them and install them at the recycling center as an educational feature.  A good, high visibility project!  

 


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  • Posted Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 AM by Angela Damron
  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - July 2014!

                                                        

    July Activities


    Devil’s Breakfast Table Clean-Up

    Saturday, July 12

    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

     

        We’ll be doing our annual clean up at the Devil’s Breakfast Table on Daddy’s Creek, in the Catoosa area, northeast of Fairfield Glade. Each year, things have improved.  This year, the water will likely be lower than last year and we may find some material that was underwater last year.  It’s a relatively easy clean-up job and many hands makes the job go quickly.  It’s a great swimming hole as well, so bring your bathing suit for an after work swim if you like.  We’ll leave Common Ground at 8:00 a.m.  If you can help or want to meet us there and need directions, call Dennis - 484-9033.

     

    Try Out the New Nature Trail at Meadow Park Lake

    Thursday, July 17 9:00 a.m.

     

         We’ve been talking for the past couple of newsletters about the workdays at Meadow Park Lake building a new nature trail.  Well it’s done!  If you’d like to explore it with a friendly group from OWCA, we’re going out on Thursday morning, July 17th.  It's 1.7 miles and the trail is still a little rough, but well marked.  It will take between an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how fast we go.  We’ll meet in the parking lot near the lake office.  Call Dennis 484-9033 if you want to go.

     

     July 26th

         WaterFest is all about getting people of all ages out on the lake and paddling around and our friends from the Tennesse Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) will have five instructors on hand to show you how. 

    As in previous years, there will be many agencies and organization with booths talking about the wonderful resources nature has provided us and giving good information on how to take care of them.  OWCA is having its own educational booth as well this year.  The wonderful children’s program is back with activities for kids when they’re not on the water, Clark Annis and Veolia are cooking burgers again, including the popular veggie burgers, and there will be free ice cream and kettle corn.  New this year, is a Concrete Canoe Race, where the various engineering schools in Tennessee compete with their canoes built out of concrete following a uniform set of guidelines.  This race will be at 2:00 to kick off the event, with the main festival starting at 3:00 p.m.  We’ve also expanded the live music this year and it will start at 5:00 and run until 8:00.  Carrie Hassler, Steep Creek, and the Emory Bluff Band are taking the stage.  Visit our new website, www.crossvillewaterfest.org for the latest on WaterFest.  Come on out and bring all your friends.  If you’d like to volunteer, call June at 788-5022.

     Rainbarrel Workshop

    Tuesday, July 29, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    Common Ground (405 W 4th St)

               

        Hot, dry weather is on its way.  Get prepared! Your next opportunity to get rain barrels or totes is at the end of the month.  Rain barrels are $40, $30 for OWCA members.  Totes (275 gallons) are $100.  Call Dennis at 484-9033 to sign up.

     

    Rescue Squad Project Planned for July

     

        After a year of planning, and lots of waiting for the weather to cooperate, the City of Crossville has scheduled its work at the Rescue Squad in mid-July.  OWCA has previously removed debris dams and trash from the creek, removed invasive plants from the banks and planted native plants instead.  This phase will involve removing dirt from the left side to provide a larger area to take the water when Town Branch rises to reduce the flooding downstream.  One the city has done their excavation and grading, OWCA will come in with seeding and matting to stabilize the area.  This should take a couple of days.  If you’d like to help with this, let Dennis know and he’ll call you when we’re getting close.  Call 484-9033. 

                                       

    We Need Your Ideas and Energy!

     

         July is going to be a busy month with Waterfest, the Rescue Squad Project and gearing up for our next big restoration project on the Little Obed River near I-40 and the Genesis exit.  That project will take us through August and into September and then we have our 5K Race on October 18th at the State Park, along with our Annual Meeting in October.  This all sounds like OWCA is firing on all cylinders and it is, but the future will be different.  We have learned recently that we will not have funds for restoration projects in 2015, so OWCA will be different in 2015 than it has been for the past few years.

         Change is always a challenge, but it can also be an opportunity.  With less outside funding, we will become more of a volunteer organization as we have been in the past.

         We ARE a membership organization, so it will be again up to the members to define what OWCA does and how it focuses its energies.  OWCA will do what its members and volunteers choose to spend their time and energy on.  So, please let us know what you’re interested in putting your time and energy into in 2015.  We can continue to do many of the things we’ve been doing within the limits of our volunteer energy, or we could go in new directions where the members have enthusiasm.  The Board has begun thinking about this, and we need everyone’s ideas and input.  So please share your ideas and think about this over the next couple of months.  Think about what YOU can do to help OWCA achieve its goals.  It’s up to all of us.  

     

     

    Volunteers Needed

    There will be a number of one day and half day projects in June that could use volunteer assistance with outdoor work.  At least one day weeding and mulching at Centennial Park.  We’re also actively looking for volunteers for Waterfest, coming up on July 26th, working with the children or other parts of the day.  Call Dennis at 484-9033 if you’d like to lend a hand...


    OWCA Board meeting

    Tuesday, June 24th 5:30 p.m.

    The next regular board meeting is coming up on June 24.  Board meetings are open to all members.  Come and learn more about what goes on behind the scene and help plan our future activities.


    WaterFest is Coming July 26th!

    Visit our new website, www.crossvillewaterfest.org for the latest on WaterFest.  This year will be bigger and better than ever.


     

    Coming Events

    Mark your Calendars!

     

    July

    TBA Clean Water-what's it worth?

    7/5 or later - Devil's Breakfast Table Clean Up

    7/12 Sierra Club Hike along Obed Wild and Scenic River

    7/26 WaterFest at Meadow Park Lake

    October 1

    8th 5K Run for Clean Water 



    OWCA welcomes three new board members

     

        At the April 17th Board meeting, three folks were voted on the Board.  Matt and Mary Lou Matteson who have a tremendous amount of organizational experience, including working with youth groups joined and Mary Lou has been named treasurer, replacing Stephen Collie, who moved to Nashvillle and has left the Board.  Robert Safdie, who teaches at Roane State and has been a long-time supporter has also joined the Board.  We are excited by all the experience that these new members bring to the Board of Directors.

     

    OWCA Launches New WaterFest Website

        A new website, crossvillewaterfest.org will be

    launched soon so that people who want up-to-the date information about WaterFest can find it quickly and easily.

     

    Coming Events

    Mark your Calendars!

     

    JUNE

     

    6/7 Stream Clean up - Centennial Park 9:00 a.m. 

    6/12 Centennial Park - one year later - tour and talk by Dennis Gregg 4:00 p.m.

    TBA  Civil War History of Cumberland County

     

    JULY

    TBA Clean Water-what's it worth?

    7/5 or later - Devil's Breakfast Table Clean Up

    7/26 Waterfest at Meadow Park Lake

    Rainbarrel Workshop

    Thursday, May 22, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    Common Ground (405 W 4th St)

     If you missed the opportunity to buy a rain barrel or tote at the Flower and Garden show, here’s your next opportunity.  Rain barrels are $40, $30 for OWCA members.  Totes (275 gallons) are $100.  Call Dennis at 484-9033 to sign up.

    “Culture, Place and History of the Upper Cumberland”

    Friday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.

    Fletcher Hall, Pleasant Hill

    This is a talk by Dr. Jeanette Keith.  Dr. Jeanette Keith grew up in rural Tennessee, obtained a PhD from Vanderbilt University, and is currently a history professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Her scholarly work has won awards from the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Association for Women Historians. Potluck at 5:30; program at 6:30…bring table service and a dish to share if you come for the potluck.



    Volunteers Needed

     

        There will be a number of one day and half day projects in May that could use volunteer assistance with outdoor work.  We also need volunteers for our continuing stream monitoring program as a number of folks have dropped off.  If you live near a stream, we’d love to train you to take regular samples for us.  There are also opportunities for people to help plan our upcoming large events - WaterFest and our fall

    5-K run.  If any of these interest you, please give Dennis a call at 484-9033.  



      

    OWCA Board           

               

         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (president) Bill Morgan (vice-president), Stephen Collie (treasurer), Melissa Brown (secretary), Bruce Anderson, and Teresa Payne. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Manchester Tank, Stonehaus Winery, Silvara Stone, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, and Woodmen of the World.       
    OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 185 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    Amazon Shopping Link

     

    While holiday shopping is over, Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: 

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


    OWCA BOARD 

         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (president) Bill Morgan (vice-president), Stephen Collie (treasurer), Melissa Brown (secretary), Bruce Anderson, and Teresa Payne. 

     OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Manchester Tank, Stonehaus Winery, Silvara Stone, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, and Woodmen of the World. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 185 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.



    405 4th St

    185 Hood Dr


    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 12:12 PM by Angela Damron
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